Writing for Fox New, Ms. Lion Calandra asserts that we should not be trying to fix the SAT and other college entrance exams, we should forget about them.
A couple of years ago, after the last big cheating headlines, she wrote this: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/06/02/time-to-toss-sat-test
To me, the best evidence against the usefulness of college tests are the perfect scores!
This article seems to make the case the ACT is too easy: https://www.applerouth.com/blog/2013/12/06/the-odds-of-perfection-too-many-perfect-scores-for-the-acts-good/
Here is a 14-year old who scored perfect on the SAT: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/california-boy-14-perfect-score-sat-article-1.1408034
Of course there are anomalies. We humans are an amazing bunch, but several hundred perfects for ACT and a few hundred perfects for SAT? Come on. How many of those perfects even complete and USE their degrees? The entrance exams have far too much significance in the college system, especially in awarding scholarships.
Everyone says the test scores are only part of the evaluation. That is not my experience. It seems to me that there is a simple one-to-one correlation between test scores and scholarships. Be one of the lucky ones to score perfect, and no problem. Be one of the exceptionally hard-working and bright who simply doesn’t do well on pressurized testing, and go into debt, or go to a cheap school.
The Common Core State Standards is already generally being referred to as our national standard. The federal government will soon be legislating it and regulating it. We will all suffer the more.
More money, more requirements, more preparation: that is all activists and politicians will cry for. That is opposite of what we need.
Google this and see what you come up with: “college entrance exams should be abolished”